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Bell Media partners with Facebook Watch

Now available in Canada, the social platform’s VOD service will carry a host of Bell Media brands in three- to five-minute highlight clips.

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Short-form digital comedy Avocado Toast set for OUTtvGo

The project, backed by the IPF and Bell Fund, has also inked a raft of international deals with platforms including Highball.TV and Tello Films.

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Five biggest SVODs will have half-billion subs by 2025: report

Of the new streamers, Disney+ will comfortably lead the pack with 101 million subscriber additions within five years, says Digital TV Research.

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LoCo expands digi slate with The Communist’s Daughter

Created by Leah Cameron, the project is LoCo’s fourth digital original for CBC after Detention Adventure, How to Buy a Baby and My 90-Year-Old Roommate.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2019

Stranger Things continues to lead, while Letterkenny cracks the list.

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Continued AVOD growth drives revenue uptick at WildBrain

The company also reported Q1 increases on the distribution side, spurred by a recent library deal with CBS All Access.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for October 22 to 28, 2019

Stranger Things and The Boys continue to lead the list, while Letterkenny claims the #6 spot.

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Netflix renews Another Life for another ride

The Katee Sackhoff space drama from Halfire Entertainment will start production in Vancouver next year.

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Bell Media inks long-term deal for HBO Max programming

The exclusive agreement, which comes into effect next year, gives Bell Media the flexibility to air HBO Max content across Crave and its CTV-branded channels.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for October 15 to 21, 2019

Stranger Things takes the top spot, followed by The Boys at #2, while Letterkenny cracks the list at #5.

Irene Berkowitz

Bordering the U.S.: win or lose for Canadian media?

Column: with the BTLR panel’s final report set to land in January, Irene Berkowitz examines whether a long-standing assumption of Canada’s media policy is true or false.

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Thunderbird targets new streamers, doubles down on owned IP

Execs said 2019 has been a “transformative” year for the company as it expands its operations and builds on relationships with new and existing streaming entities.